A POSTMAN was caught after trying to use a gift card he stole while wearing his Royal Mail uniform, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Paul Jonas found the gift card at the bottom of his bag and was filmed offering it as part payment for a deep fat fryer, said Simon Gwynne, prosecuting for the Royal Mail.

Mr Gwynne said Jonas was tracked down after being identified on CCTV at a shop at Cortonwood retail park.

He said the matter came to light when a man complained to the Royal Mail that the card he had sent as a birthday gift to his wife had never been delivered.

Chris Peace, defending, described Jonas, of Goldthorpe, as a family man.

"The defendant's problems providing for an extended family made him succumb to temptation," said Mr Peace. "He let his high standards slip for the first time in his life."

Jonas was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work, to pay £400 in costs and £15 in compensation.